Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $462,809)
OVCs mission is to enhance the nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing policies and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC achieves this mission, in part, by administering award programs supported by the federal Crime Victims Fund (CVF) to develop innovative training and technical assistance, and to provide direct services to improve the overall quality of victim assistance.
The overall goal of the Fiscal Year 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program is to provide support to tribal communities to improve services for victims of crime. Under the solicitation, OVC solicited applications for funding to support a comprehensive range of activities including needs assessment, strategic planning, program development and implementation, program expansion, and other activities needed to address the needs of a wide variety of crime victims in tribal communities.
Under Purpose Area 1: Establishment of a New Victim Service Program, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) requested funding to establish a new victim service program to increase the resiliency of crime victims through culturally appropriate, tribally administrated services in the community. Funding will support: 1) hiring a full-time program manager to assist with establishing the victim services program and developing policies and procedures; 2) hiring a part time advocate to implement direct services; 3) providing emergency assistance including, but not limited to, hotel vouchers, prepaid telephone cards, clothing and hygiene kits, food vouchers, and fuel cards; and 4) purchasing computer software to assist with case management.